Saturday, 9 May 2015

Low syn baking...

Spent the afternoon baking some low syn treats/snacks.

Wanted to try out the scran bran that I bought in class.

The first thing I made was the


4 Scan Bran 
2 eggs 
3 or 4 tbsp sweetener (to taste) 
1 sachet Belgian Choc Options
26g Curly Wurly bar
Soak the Scan Bran in boiling water to soften. Then drain and mash. 
Beat the eggs and stir into mix, along with the sweetener and Belgian Choc Options 
Chop the Curly Wurly into pieces and add to the mix 
Pour the mixture into a microwavable bowl and cook for around 6 minutes
When cooked the cake will be springy to the touch and will have pulled away from the side

You can also cook the cake on 200°C/Gas Mark 6 for approximately 30 minutes

It's just 12 Syns for the whole cake and can be divided into as many slices as you like

I found the recipe HERE.

It is quite nice, I was a little sceptical. Definitely nicer when it's cooled.

Next I made a...


The whole cake is 9 syns on all plans, or you can have it as a Healthy Extra B choice plus 4 syns (5 Scan Bran = HEB). Alternatively it would slice nicely into 9 pieces to make 1 syn per portion. A single slice would probably fill you up more than an Alpen Light bar!
5 Scan Bran
a large mugful of strong tea (I use 2 tea bags to make it)
28g dried mixed fruit (4 syns)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon baking powder (0.25 syns - I don't bother to count it's so small)
5 tablespoons sweetener
2 tablespoons mixed spice
  1. Soak the Scan Bran and dried fruit in the tea until soft and mush it up
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix
  3. Pour into a microwaveable container (I use a silicone loaf tin) and microwave on high for 6-7 minutes/ in an 180' oven for 30 mins (which is what I did)

I found this recipe HERE.

This is also a lot nicer than it actually looks. 


Joy x

Monday, 4 May 2015

Weigh in week 3 update

I lost another 2lbs! 

I'm very happy with that! 

It means I've now lost 8.5lbs in the 3 weeks and I got my first half stone award! 

I'll update with pics later on when I get onto the laptop.

Joy x

Here's my weigh in pics :)

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Some handy Syn Values.

Here are a few handy syn values that I found on pinterest

Ever find yourself out with nothing handy and a grumbing stomach? At least with a little advanced knowledge and a handy look to guide you have a sort of idea what you could grab without blowing the whole week...

I thought they might as well go on here so they are all handy in one place...

Joy x

Slimming world friendly loaded potato skins.

My own recipe...

4 1/2 syns on EE


1 Baking potato
15g cheese grated. 3syns
Laughing cow light cheese triangle. 1 1/2 syns
Wafer thin ham cut into ribbons.
Fresh or dried chives.
Pinch of chilli powder
Baked beans and a side salad to serve. 

Bake the potato in the oven for approx 1hour or until cooked.
Half the potato and scoop into a bowl leaving just the skins.
Mash the potato and add the laughing cow triangle (as a substitute to milk/butter).
Add the chives, ham and chilli powder and mix.
Spoon half the mixture into each potato skin and top with the grated cheese.
Put back into the hot oven for approx 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
Serve with a side salad and some baked beans.

This meal is very filling and feels like you are eating something naughtier than you actually are.

Would highly recommend.


Joy x

Hunters chicken sw friendly recipe.



To make the BBQ Sauce
  1. 3 shallots
  2. Half a teaspoon of chilli powder (or more, if you like it hot)
  3. Half a carton of passata — about 250ml
  4. 4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  5. 4 tablespoons of artificial sweetener
To make the chicken
  1. The above BBQ sauce
  2. 4 chicken breasts
  3. 8 slices of bacon
  4. 112g cheddar
  5. Green veg, to serve
To make the sauce
  1. Peel and finely chop the shallots. Put them in a frying pan, sprinkle the chilli powder over the top and fry them for about six minutes until they’re soft
  2. Once the shallots have softened just add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Keep the sauce on a medium to high heat and stir it occasionally — it should thicken up nicely
For the chicken
  1. Pre-heat the oven to about 210C. Spray a roasting tin/baking tray with Fry Light and lay the chicken breasts in them. Then slit the breast down the middle to make a pocket
  2. When the sauce is ready, spread it in the slits and over the top of the chicken breasts
  3. Take the bacon and either wrap it round the breast or lay it over the top. Then put the chicken in the oven for 20 minutes
  4. Sprinkle an ounce of the cheese over the top of the breast and put back into the oven for another 10 minutes
  5. Serve it with the vegetables
I got the recipe here.

We all enjoyed this, there was too much of the bbq style sauce left so I've popped it into the freezer for another night as we'll definitely be making it again.

I also made some home-made wedges, by cutting some potatoes into wedge shapes and par-boiling them, then spraying with oil and adding a sachet of mixed herbs and spices. We had baked beans with it too. Very filling. I know, technically, I should have had this with a side salad or veg to get in my 3rd superfree, however, there are totally onions in the sauce ;-)

Joy x

Corned Beef hash sw friendly recipe...


... 3syns on EE

Gorgeous it was!!


200g tin of corned beef.
1lb peeled, diced potatoes.
1tbsp tomato puree
1tbsp worchester sauce
frylight spray
1/2tsp cayenne pepper

You cube the potatoes and spray them in frylight, cook them in the oven for 30mins, turning now and again. Fry the onions until soft and add the tomato puree, worchester sauce, cayenne pepper and corned beef and cook for a few minutes, then add the cooked potatoes and serve. 

The kids loved it too, although they thought it was a little spicy so maybe a little less cayenne pepper next time.
Joy x

Saturday night's Fakeaway...

This weeks fake-away was pizza...

Of a sort, it was slimming-world friendly pizza.

Made using Cauliflower as a base, I was more than a little skeptical to start with but it was a definite hit and I will be using the recipe again.

It doesn't seem very inviting but is tastier than it looks!


1/2 a head of cauliflower
1 egg
1/2 a light mozerella (I used my A option for this)
toppings of your choice...

In a bowl, grate up the cauliflower, put into the microwave and keep checking every couple of minutes until it looks cooked and is soft, I think it took me aprox 6.5mins.
Add the egg and season, I added some paprika to the mix too.

On some baking parchment flatten the mixture and bake blind in a 200` oven for about 15-20mins.
Once it has a golden colour add your toppings to it.
I used, ham, tomato puree and mushrooms, some more paprika and my mozerella cheese.

I put it back into the oven for around 15 minutes.

It was delicious. You couldn't really tell it was cauliflower.


Joy x